Sahara - The Untold Story is a book compiled after all a scrupulous research undertaken by the author to clarify India’s most guarded and mostly unlisted business, the Sahara India Pariwar. It also probes into the firm’s current legal clash with the market supervisor. Entrepreneur Subrata Roy could be called the guardian angel of the group, as people in the Pariwar admire and respect him beyond doubt. He aspired to reach out to a million lives and feels hindered and covered up by regulations. The legal battle with the market regulators was thus unavoidable. Roy is also well-known for glamour and his association with film stars, cricketers and politicians. But a lot of questions remain when it comes to firm’s sincerity and honesty with the public involved and the depositors who have trusted it. Discover more about the man and the conglomerate in this book written by an experienced Indian journalist.
About the Author
Tamal Bandyopadhyay is associated with a financial daily called Mint, as the Deputy Managing Editor. He completed his post-graduation in English Literature from the Calcutta University. Tamal started working with The Times of India, Mumbai as a trainee journalist. He was later associated with The Business Standard, The Economic Times, and Financial Express. He has also written the books: A Bank for the Buck and Anupam Meenrashi.
There are biographies, autobiographies, and then, there is 'Sahara - The Untold Story'. When a book, supposed to be a work based on truth, comes laden with a disclaimer from the concerned people, Sahara India Parivar in this case, that "we don't agree with many of the things and the way they were presented in the book", well, you know, it would really be difficult to keep your curiosity under check.
And why should you?
Tamal Bandyopadhyay, the author, clearly mentions that this book is not a work of fiction, and shouldn't be considered as a creative product. Rather, it's a journalistic work that has been conceived and brought forth after intensive research, and that shows, very vividly, in the way this book has been documented, unearthing 'facts' and demystifying several conceptions relating to this giant conglomerate, in turn posing several questions, some answered, and a few that are still awaiting apt responses.
Subrata Roy founded Sahara India in 1978, headquartered in Lucknow, and gradually the organizational group rose to epic proportions, carving a niche for itself in the Indian and International market. With investments in diverse fields such as real estate, sports, retail, media, finance, entertainment, hotels, health care, power and airlines, Sahara made sure they were way ahead of the competitors, earning profits as well as goodwill from all quarters. Things looked good and well in line. However, the tremendous success wasn't short of its share of controversies.
In 2014, the Supreme Court of India ordered the arrest of Subrata Roy on the basis of evidences that suggested Sahara India had not been playing a clean game over the years. Sahara's continuous rift with SEBI, and it's different approach to KYC policy have often led to bitter disputes with the Government bodies. Also, it was alleged that several thousand crores that were deposited had not been refunded to investors. Allegations. Proofs. Allegations. Proofs. An entity that soared high into the realms of success, Sahara soon found itself burdened with controversies that it wouldn't have preferred.
While the authorities of Sahara India, Subrata Roy included, have come up with justifications over time and again, there still were loopholes that crept up regarding their handling of finances. How they have been generating bulk of money, investing in avenues and properties, and how they have maintained their accounts have always been a topic of keen interest among the avid debaters. Tamal Bandyopadhyay puts forward the case, with all it's aspects visible to the readers. 'Sahara - The Untold Story' traces the various facets of the conglomerate. It applauds its charitable approach, and the fact that it has provided employment to several people. Subrata Roy in fact is treated as a father figure by his employees, and is a man with confidence and unparalleled persona. Tamal also provides the outlook of SEBI and RBI towards Sahara, and how they created problems for Roy, questioning him and his actions time and again. What I really found interesting was the interview with Roy, the man with a mysterious aura surrounding him. Was Tamal able to resolve the mystery? Yes, and no. In times to come, we will certainly hear a lot about Sahara and Roy, and the detailed analysis provided to us will help in forming our own judgment. 'Sahara - The Untold Story' is a good material for study, and throws light at several corners of the Indian financial system.
Title: Sahara : The Untold Story
Author: Tamal Bandyopadhyay
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biographies & Autobiographies, Business
No. of Pages: 388
Price: Rs 450
My Rating: 4/5
If syllables bore weight, 'wait' would have definitely been lighter; alas, life isn't a haiku that runs on patterns.
Like the setting of a song, the ascent and the gradual transition from the ears to the soul to the parched lips, you have lived my heart, the monotonous humdrum fine tuned by the kisses you have so warmly enveloped across my arteries, pumping life into my shallow veins.
And then, one fine autumn evening, the poetry ended abruptly, the trees devoid of green, rustling my swan song, breezing past the tumultuous winds of fall.
You kissed my feet, and lay me in a coffin, wooden, bland, black; the musty air filling the interiors with hatred, the bile rising to my throat, drenching me with a willingness to die, to live again.
You betrayed my love, and here I wait; a wait for a new life, a new birth, when I shall go back to that world, undo the evil acts that you so vilely committed, and repay you for your sins, of burying me alive, my last breathes violently trampled by your dirt.
Title: Gifted : Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities
Author: Sudha Menon and V. R. Ferose
Publisher: Random House India
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction, Motivational and Inspirational
No. of Pages: 304
Price: Rs 299
My Rating: 4/5
How a love story once hated saved 6 lives in a Communal Riot?
Should community, language or tradition be the obstructions for true love from blossoming?
How cruel can a married girl's destiny be to throw her into prostitution?
Have you ever attended an uninvited marriage reception with your beloved and got caught by the hosts?
Why a boy decides to spend his entire life in a mental asylum?
Why a girl at midnight runs away from her family?
How worse it can be if you are caught by your girlfriend's parents while kissing her?
I am dead but my heart beats is a fascinating saga of love, education, community, hatred, sacrifices and hope. It's about four youngsters from different communities ,speaking different languages - Aryan, Anshika, Zahid and Swati. Get ready for a heart-breaking journey of a complete real life story.
About the Author
Priyank, born in Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) on 29th October, 1992 and brought up in Ghatsila (a small town near Steel city JAMSHEDPUR in Jharkhand), Priyank is a Gold Medalist in Creative writing. He is currently pursuing his Engineering (3rd year, Electrical Engg.) from BIT Sindri, Dhanbad (Jharkhand government's lone technical institute since 1949). He is a top 100 rank holder in Science and Mathematics Olympiad. Keenly inclined to his studies since school, Priyank's dream is to bring changes in the country and make it a better place to live in. Writing was never his passion, nor his goal. It happened to him by chance, by destiny, in an attempt to fulfill someones dream. He loves cricket, travelling, sleeping and reading novels. He is highly passionate about entrepreneurship, autonomous robotics and Indian politics. Join Priyank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Priyank.bits and know more about him. You can also reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his official novels page on Facebook www.facebook.com/iamdeadbutmyheartbeats You can visit his blogs at http://authorpriyank.wordpress.com.
One good thing about ‘I Am Dead But My Heart Beats’ is
that the pace never stops. The story moves ahead briskly, and you don’t get the
feeling of being left stranded in static prose. Unfortunately, this also turns
out to be one of the primary drawbacks of this book.
‘It’s not a love story … it’s a revolution’ is the
tag-line of Priyank’s debut novel, the author giving a clear indication that
this is not just another teenage romance, but deals with more serious issues.
Fair enough. It’s always a pleasure reading something that contains deep materials, and not just revolves amidst college campuses. With
hopes and anticipations floating high, I turned to page one.
Now, I do not have the complete idea regarding how a book
gets published. Well, I do know in bits and pieces, for example, the writer
pens down his story, approaches a publishing house, and the editor looks upon
his or her work and rectifies the mistakes. Once the errors have been eradicated, the
book goes on print. This is the basic concept of the publication industry, with
a few steps added here and there. What happens when one of these steps go
Editing is one of the key components of every story.
Whether you are writing a short story or a novel, you have to make sure it’s
properly edited before the final version is released. ‘I Am Dead But My Heart
Beats’ fails miserably in this front. Too many grammatical errors, wrong use of
tenses, and misplaced words mar the narrative. Also, while the basic tone is simple,
a few ‘heavy’ words have been used here and there, and I don’t know why. What
matters in a story is not what you say, but how you say it. Usage of those
words often leads to a disconnect between them and the rest of the
‘I Am Dead But My Heart Beats’ tries to deal with several
topics at once, which on one hand adds a briskness into the narrative, but on
the other hand, also leads to a lot of unnecessary clutter which one could have
easily done away with. Aryan and Anshika are the protagonists, but then, we
also have the love story of Zahid and Swati running on a similar thread. The book
addresses various topics like love, lust, education, parental pressure,
religion and violence, and in doing so, often drifts away from the track. The
author tries to communicate several messages all at the same time, and in the humdrum, the
words get lost in a chaotic maze.
It takes a lot of time and patience to write a novel.
Hundreds of pages, thousands of words and a plethora of thoughts give shape to
the idea. However, shouldn't an equal amount of time be dedicated to ensure
that the final product doesn't have significant flaws? A better editing, and a
well organized sequence of events would have worked wonders for this book.
Priyank can certainly do better, and hopefully his future
projects wouldn't be complaining of flawed editing.
It was a pleasure to emerge as one of the winners in Round 1 of 'My Beautiful Food' organized by Indiblogger in association of Borosil. As the Borosil hamper came knocking at my doors, I, along with my family, decided to cook and present the dishes in these Borosil beauties.
We are brought up listening to and reading stories, which make us form a clichéd framework of expectations and concepts about life. Café Latte, takes you on a tantalizing foray into the unusual with some refreshing and some startling stories. A young man, Bikash, is delivered a message through paranormal forces while waiting on the railway platform; A doctor snaps a young man back to life by promising to help him commit suicide. A poor boy, Lokesh, dreams of people at a cinema night show perishing in a fire. Will his desperate attempts to save some lives succeed? ‘The Other Side’ is the story of a nymphomaniac fighting her desperate craving for sex. ‘Smart TV’ showcases a smart sales performer, Raj, buying his wife and daughter an expensive TV to cover his affair. ‘Code of Honor’ is a poignant tale of an army jawaan and his last letter to his son who shuns the army. The stories cover a broad spectrum of people and events and have us turning the pages eagerly for the twist in the end.
So shed the mundane, become a fearless traveler and savor a fresh approach towards the enigma called Life.
About the Author
Author of three national bestsellers; Flight of the Hilsa, Chapter 11 & Love is Vodka- A Shot Ain’t Enough, Amit Shankar, with his penchant for telling offbeat stories, has this time found his expression in the form of eighteen, unusual, short stories. He is an avid music buff and a great exponent of the guitar. His genre includes rock, jazz and blues. To know more about him, log on to www.amitshankar.in.
What does it take to be different? How can you experience
the unusual? Well, one just needs to ask Amit Shankar to get a reply to the
first question, and pick up a copy of Café Latte to know the answer of the
Short stories are meant to enthrall your senses, to
heighten your curiosity, and at the same time, leave you with a feeling of
satisfaction towards the end. A good story is one that is riveting and has the
potential to keep your attention engrossed at every moment. The task becomes
all the more difficult when you have to pour all these ingredients into a
concoction of just a few pages, the word limit surely binding you at times. How
does one, break these shackles and cook a perfect tale in just a few thousand
Amit Shankar, author of three bestsellers – ‘Flight of
the Hilsa’, ‘Chapter Eleven’ and ‘Love is Vodka’, comes forth with his fourth
title – ‘Café Latte’, a collection of 18 short stories, 16 among them by Amit
himself, and two by the talented kids Kartikey Sharma and Vasundhara Goyal,
aged ten and sixteen years respectively. The cover is very well designed, with
coffee mugs in the background staying true to the name. The layout is grayish
while the fonts on the title are colored green, pink and white. An unusual color
combination indeed, but it does feel interesting to the eyes.
However, cover alone doesn't make a good book. The
content is what matters the most, and here too, Amit delivers as expected. The
stories belong to diverse genres. They tell tales of love and hate, loss and
gain, and victory and defeat. They make us smile, and cry, and often, we are
forced to gape with amazement at the sheer uniqueness of the plot. Though all
the tales are different, one thing is common between them – the sense of mystery.
Yes, it is this feeling of ‘what – happens – next’ that
binds the readers to this paperback. The sixteen stories by Amit track the
different facets of human lives, but in a manner we hadn't expected. Be certain
to experience goose bumps when you read these stories.
‘Temple of the King’ narrates the story of living a dream
conceptualized by someone you admire, while ’26 Down Express’ leaves you with
chilling beads of perspiration. In ‘The Jazz Player’, one can relate to the ironies
of life, whereas ‘Let Me Help You Die’ chills you right through your bones.
‘Writer’s Block’ comes with a smiling twist, ‘True Lies’ teaches you to be
positive, whatever the circumstances, and ‘ The Black Widow’, my favorite in
the book, is like that piece of haunting melody that keeps ringing in your
mind. ‘The Lion, The Leopard And The Hyena’ rediscovers love and lies, whereas
‘The Chosen One’ makes one believe in fate and destiny. ‘Home Sweet Home’ is a
mixture of love, compassion, obsession and ironies. ‘The Other Side’ is the
journey of a woman, often lonely, always alone. ‘The Dream Chaser’ leaves the
readers with a bitter-sweet feeling, while ‘Smart TV’ showcases the danger of
the increasing ‘smartness’ in modern gadgets. ‘The Guardian Angel’ will make
you smile, ‘Code of Honor’ has the tinge of patriotism, and ‘Every Mouse Ain't
A Mickey Mouse’ is all about the rat race in modern world.
Café Latte is a book you can pick up any day, summer or
winter, spring or autumn, or while savoring the monsoon rains. The stories
amuse you and refresh you, just like the sweet smelling coffee drink that’s a
perfect mixture of espresso and steamed milk.
A Shocking Betrayal - Kari Baxter Jacobs is furious, hurt and confused. Her husband Tim, a respected professor of journalism is having an affair with a student. Stunned, Kari returns home to the Baxter family to sort things out. But when an old flame comes back into her life, she is more confused then ever.
A Difficult Decision - How can Kari forgive her husband? What could possibly ease the pain? And what about her own revived feelings for Ryan, a man she knows she should avoid?
A Reason to Hope, as Kari searches for answers, an unexpected discovery gives her hope for the future. But when she faces her darkest hour, can she find the faith and strength she needs to move on.
About the Authors
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's #1 inspirational novelist. She has written more than forty novels and there are over 15 million copies of her award - winning books in print. Visit her website at www.KarenKingsbury.com.
Gary Smalley, America's relationship doctor, is the cofounder of the Smalley Relationship Center and the author of more than forty bestselling, award - winning books, including The Blessing, The Language of Love, and The DNA of Relationships.
There is a certain tinge of familiarity you sense when
you meet the characters of Kari Baxter Jacobs and Tim Jacobs; no, not in the
sequence of events that flood their lives, but in the way they face it, with
faith, belief and hope. Isn't it true in the case of all of us? We commit
mistakes, without realizing that we are treading towards the wrong path, but once
light dawns on us, we try to move in the right direction. Humans are prone to
error, but don’t we all wish for forgiveness? Are we not seeking redemption?
'Redemption', the first book in the series, is authored by
Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley. Based on Christian ideologies and principles,
the book follows the lives of the two protagonists, and how they survive the
turmoil and do their best to emerge victorious. When Kari gets to know that her
husband, Professor Tim Jacobs, is dating one of his students, her world falls
apart. Tim wants divorce but Kari holds on to her faith, knowing that the good
Lord will set everything right. She is supported by the other members of the
Baxter family, and derives strength from their love. However, when she meets
her ex – flame, Ryan Taylor, a serious confrontation takes place between her
mind and her heart. Memories from the past hog the present, and she finds
herself going back in time. She does resist though, and as events unfold, the
plot progresses into a sensitive portrayal of love and relationships.
have a complex plot, with several characters, interconnected at times, the
decision of one affecting the lives of others. However, full credit to the
authors for presenting the story in a simple and easy – going manner, which
provides a soothing and a relaxing sensation when one goes through the pages.
Often, a reader would find himself questioning some of the actions in the book.
Was Kari right in following her faith blindly, believing that the events which
cloud our lives do happen for a reason, even though they might be bad? However,
one also finds inspiration from the determination and grit exhibited by Kari
against all odds, holding on to her fort when everything seemed to be crashing
The novel is descriptive, which helps in the
visualization of the sequences. As the plot thickens, the story mesmerizes the readers into its subtle narration and lucid flow. It gives the impression of watching a
daily soap on television, such is the beauty in its imagery. Also, each chapter
heightens the curiosity of the readers, regarding what would happen next. With
numerous ups and downs in the lives of the characters, there is no way we can
keep the book down once we have started it.
The cover comes with a beautiful quote from the book – “Love
is a decision.” Isn't that true? We fall in love, and that one moment changes
the entire course of our lives, and we gradually learn to acclimatize to this
For anyone looking for an engrossing read, Redemption
surely is the book to go to. Read it at your own pace, and get soaked in the
aura of this beautiful tale of love, betrayal, relationship, trust and hope.